Dublin firms announce African deals

15 Jan 2008

Dublin-based software firm In1 Solutions and online recruitment specialists SAON Group have secured deals during the current Irish trade mission to South Africa.

In1 Solutions has used the trade mission to open offices in Port Elizabeth. The company’s products will play a major role in solving accommodation problems during the World Cup in 2010.

The company uses Irish expertise to provide software for hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. The Swords company already has 2,500 customers worldwide who are served from its Dublin base.

Dublin-based recruitment firm SAON Group has taken over one of South Africa’s biggest websites and is to relaunch it from new offices. The site advertises 15,000 jobs each month. Following the takeover, SAON is revamping the business and has used the trade mission to open new offices.

The company, which has 30 employees, already operates recruitment sites in Ireland, the US and Canada. Collectively, its sites are visited by 10.5 million jobseekers a month.

“These companies are perfect examples of the type of expertise Ireland can offer South Africa and its neighbours, a market of an estimated 185 million people,” remarked Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheal Martin TD.

“With announcements such as these, it is clear that existing Irish exports to South Africa of €300m a year can be increased. I am confident that with the support of Enterprise Ireland, which organised this mission, we will see other announcements as we visit both Johannesburg and Pretoria over the next two days.”

By Niall Byrne